Lead Wildlife Keeper
|Northern Saw-whet Owl|
I attribute our increased numbers primarily to the winter and early spring. Winter songbirds like the Pine Grosbeak and Bohemian Waxwing were a few notable patients received in the first half of the year. These birds are not often brought to VINS, and the year's scarcity of food in their northern habitats likely forced them to venture to Vermont for more food.
|young Belted Kingfishers|
Listed below are our top 7 patients for the year. As you can see it was the year of the American Robin! Robins actually made up 32% of the baby birds we dealt with this past summer. Some other well-represented species were Ruby-Throated Hummingbird (13 patients), Red-eyed Vireo (13 patients), Song Sparrow (13 patients), and Hooded Merganser (13 patients).
1. American Robin (98 patients)
2. Barred Owl (77 patients)
3. Mourning Dove (39 patients)
4. European Starling (37 patients)
5. Rock Dove (35 patients)
6. Cedar Waxwing (23 patients)
7. Eastern Phoebe (15 patients)
|Lead Wildlife Keeper Grae O'Toole releases a Red-tailed Hawk|
And, let us not forget the new arrivals to our Exhibit and Education teams. In 2019 we added 10 new birds to the VINS family: Paige the Harris's Hawk, Ferrisburgh the American Kestrel, Fairchance and West Virginia our elusive new Eastern Screech Owls, Erie our gorgeous, female Northern Harrier, Addison and Ottercreek our Blue Jays, and Barre, Rutland, and Hanover our exhibit Bohemian Waxwing, Northern Cardinal, and Pine Grosbeak!
|CWBR renovation in progress.|
Thank you to all VINS staff, volunteers, and members for helping support CWBR this past year. It really has been a whirlwind and I am excited to see what 2020 brings.